Berlin Lake

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Berlin Lake

Ohio

(330) 547-3781

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Overview

Take time out to enjoy the ever-changing pattern of life and scenery that await your discovery at Berlin Lake. Located in northeastern Ohio within a short drive of Akron, Youngstown and Warren, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District invites you to exchange the sights and sounds of the city for those of the Ohio countryside. In addition to its colorful scenery, the Berlin Lake offers visitors a wide variety of recreational experiences. Whether it's camping, boating, picnicking or just relaxing in peaceful surroundings you'll find it at Berlin Lake.

The Mill Creek Recreation Area with its diversity of campsites, from wooded waterfront sites to grassy spots in the sun, is an ideal family campground. Facilities provided include flush toilets, hot showers, a large boat launching ramp and a sanitary disposal station. A limited number of campsites are also equipped with electric hookups. The Mill Creek Recreation Area campground is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Numerous launching ramps are located on the lake for the convenience of boating enthusiasts. Boats of many descriptions can be found on Berlin Lake during the summer, ranging from small fishing boat and sailboats to cruisers and runabouts of unlimited horsepower. There is a 10 M.P.H. speed limit on the lake at night. The usually smooth water surface also provides excellent skiing conditions. The average depth of the lake is between 10 and 15 feet, but some stumps and snags pose hazards for which boaters should be alert. Marina services, boating and fishing supplies are also available through concessionaires located at the lake.

Berlin Lake is renowned for its excellent walleye fishing and is one of the very few lakes in the area in which natural reproduction of the walleye population occurs. Anglers will also enjoy fishing for the largemouth and smallmouth bass, muskie, crappie and bluegill which abound in the lake.

Hunting is permitted at Berlin Lake with the exception of developed recreation areas and posted areas.

Map of Berlin Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 41.016726, -81.012579

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Activities

  • Boating

    Numerous launching ramps are located on the lake for the convenience of boating enthusiasts. Boats of many descriptions can be found on Berlin Lake during the summer, ranging from small fishing boat and sailboats to cruisers and runabouts of unlimited horsepower. There is a 10 M.P.H. speed limit on the lake at night. The usually smooth water surface also provides excellent skiing conditions. The average depth of the lake is between 10 and 15 feet, but some stumps and snags pose hazards for which boaters should be alert. Marina services, boating and fishing supplies are also available through concessionaires located at the lake.

  • Camping

    Berlin Lake has the largest campground of all the Corps projects in the Pittsburgh District. The Mill Creek Recreation Area Campground has 347 sites, of which, 47 are electric hookup sites. There are showers in the campground. Some of the sites are in the woods near the water, and others are on grassy spots out in the sun. The Mill Creek Recreation Area is located on the east side of the lake, south of Route 224 and off of Bedell Road. A limited number of campsites are available for reservation by calling 1-877-444-6777 or by logging on to www.Reserveusa.com. For the safety and security of all of Berlin Lake's visitors, day users who wish to come into the Mill Creek Campground to walk, jog or bicycle during the recreation season must register and obtain a permit at the Contact Station prior to entering. The permit must be visible at all times while in the campground. Activities are limited to two hours per day, Mondays through Thursdays between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Entrance to the campground for these activities is not permitted on weekends and holidays. Parking for day users is permitted only in the Day Use parking lot. Violators of the Mill Creek Campground Day Use Policy will be denied future access to the campground for their activities.

  • Fishing

    Berlin Lake is renowned for its excellent walleye fishing and is one of the very few lakes in the area in which natural reproduction of the walleye population occurs. Anglers will also enjoy fishing for the largemouth and smallmouth bass, muskie, crappie and bluegill which abound in the lake.

  • Hiking

    Berlin Lake's Mill Creek Recreation Area has a self-guided nature trail for visitors to enjoy. The "Bay Woods Nature Trail" is a loop trail located on a bend of Mill Creek Bay. This trail has 18 interpretive stations with bulletin boards and plaques, and winds through woods, wet areas, and along the lakeshore.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is permitted at Berlin Lake with the exception of developed recreation areas and posted areas. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources manages over 6,800 acres of project lands for public hunting and wildlife management purposes. Small game species in particular are found in abundance and easy access to hunting areas is available.

  • Picnicking

    There are three picnic areas at Berlin Lake. The Dam Picnic Area has 19 picnic tables and some barbecue grills available for public use. Mill Creek Recreation Area, located south of Route 224 and off of Bedell Road, has two picnic areas, one in the Day Use Area which has 38 tables and some grills, and one at the Boat Launch, which has 26 tables and some grills. There are also 2 picnic shelters that may be reserved. One at the Dam Site and one at Mill Creek Recreation Area.

  • RVing

    Berlin Lake has the largest campground of all the Corps projects in the Pittsburgh District. The Mill Creek Recreation Area Campground has 347 sites, of which, 47 are electric hookup sites. There are showers in the campground. Some of the sites are in the woods near the water, and others are on grassy spots out in the sun. The Mill Creek Recreation Area is located on the east side of the lake, south of Route 224 and off of Bedell Road. A limited number of campsites are available for reservation by calling 1-877-444-6777 or by logging on to www.Reserveusa.com. For the safety and security of all of Berlin Lake's visitors, day users who wish to come into the Mill Creek Campground to walk, jog or bicycle during the recreation season must register and obtain a permit at the Contact Station prior to entering. The permit must be visible at all times while in the campground. Activities are limited to two hours per day, Mondays through Thursdays between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Entrance to the campground for these activities is not permitted on weekends and holidays. Parking for day users is permitted only in the Day Use parking lot. Violators of the Mill Creek Campground Day Use Policy will be denied future access to the campground for their activities.

  • Water Sports

    Berlin Lake is open to all boating related water sports.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Eagles have been observed occasionally around the dam area, but as of yet, no nesting sites have been found. Nesting osprey, however, have been observed around the lake.

  • Winter Sports

    Berlin Lake is one of the lake projects in the Pittsburgh District that is well suited for cross-country skiing. The topography is wide open and rolling. There are approximately 4,000 acres of area available for skiing, but there are no designated ski trails.

    As much of the project lands are leased to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for fishing and hunting purposes, the best time for skiing would be after hunting season closes.

Seasonality/Weather

The Mill Creek Recreation Area campground is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Directions

Driving

From Deerfield, 2 mi E on OH 224.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(330) 547-3781

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